Danielson Akpan, the President of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), was impeached for financial misconduct.
Akpan, who came into office as NANS president in July 2018, worked past his 12-month term prior to his impeachment, leading to grievances from other officials and stakeholders.
At an emergency Senate meeting held on Tuesday, October 13, Akpan was impeached by the Association’s Senate arm. After being convicted for financial impropriety, he was impeached, diverting student’s COVID-19 palliatives and concealing relevant information to assist the organization’s growth and the country’s progress.
He was also reported to have received huge amounts of money for student COVID-19 palliatives from some government agencies, including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and diverted the money.
The statement read;
“Mr Akpan abused his office by doing arbitrary and unlawful acts which are prejudicial to the rights of other members of the NANS all in violation of the Code of Conduct of an official of NANS as enshrined in Schedule 3 of the Constitution and Charter of Demand of NANS.
“The former NANS President was also indicted for having not been remorseful, despite being exposed that he had received the money as alleged but rather resorted to threatening the lives of members of the committee in an attempt to deter and intimidate them from carrying out their constitutionally mandated function and also threatened the life of the senate president Mr. Gambo Abu Mohammed.
“This committee recommended to senate that in exercise of the senate powers and functions encapsulated and vividly provided in Article 13 (a) of the constitution and charter of demand of NANS to remove the president, Mr. Danielson Bamidele Akpan from office and expel him from the Organization with immediate effect.”
Chidi llogede, a former vice-president, was immediately sworn in as the president of NANS while it is important to fully recover all the property and funds of the association in Mr Akpan ‘s possession.